“I ♥ LA” – Angel & Lilly’s Save the Date Video

I don’t post that many videos on their own as I’ll be honest, it takes a pretty damn good video to keep my attention for more than a few seconds. Angel & Lilly’s Save the Date however is in a whole other league of radness. I love them!

The couple, who made their own video are already married in their eyes (although legally they are ‘domestic partners’ – stupid Californian same sex marriage laws) as last October the two of them headed down to city hall to do the paperwork followed by an In-N-Out burger!

“It was just the two of us” Angel told me. “After that was taken care of we went to In-N-Out for lunch, it’s sort of a Valentine’s Day tradition for us so it seemed like the perfect place to celebrate. Then we spent that night at a friend’s Halloween party in our zombie garb. Perfect end to a perfect day. The whole thing was very laid back, but we’re excited to get to celebrate with our friends and family this year.” They plan to do it all again on their anniversary this October and so made this video to invite all their friends & family to their pre-Halloween, circus/carnival themed wedding.

If this video is anything to go by their wedding is going to be seriously awesome! Thanks for sharing it girls!

I <3 LA – Save The Date from Angel Melanson-Ruiz on Vimeo.

How to…Have a Perfectly Imperfect Life

I live and I breathe Rock n Roll Bride. It is my life. It is my biggest passion. It is my obsession. I know from reading the hundreds of submissions and emails I receive from you all that you live and breathe it too. You ‘get’ it. You believe in it and you love the ideas behind it. But you know what, I have a confession. I sometimes feel like a fraud.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll read a lot of blogs religiously. You’ll pour over the beautiful people and their stunning weddings on Style Me Pretty, their effortlessly cool homes on Design Sponge and their awesomely unique design and style ideas on Etsy. We love to read these sites for ‘inspiration’ but secretly, don’t they make us feel a little bit like a failure? Do you ever read blogs and think “I’m not beautiful enough”? Do you ever wish you had more to spend on your wedding? Do you ever wish you lived in one of those achingly cool, funky and stylish apartments?

Yeah, me too.

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re planning (or have planned) a Rock n Roll wedding but sometimes, just sometimes, do you ever get that teeny tiny little twinge of the green eyed monster when you see that size zero blonde with her perfectly gorgeous husband and their perfectly stylish Martha Stewart wedding? I bet she didn’t sit up until 2am making stationery or hunting for months to find a dress that didn’t make her look like a blancmange. I bet she didn’t look at hundreds of photographers’ blogs desperately searching for one that could capture her wedding whilst coming in nicely under budget. I bet she knew exactly where to look and who to book, and of course I bet she got her first choices on everything.

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“It’s Not Easy Being Green” – A Beautifully Sustainable British Countryside Wedding

James & Holly had a beautiful countryside wedding at the couple’s home, Newhouse Farm in Cornwall which they share with James’ family . The couple, who star in the TV series, It’s Not Easy Being Green, wanted a homespun, eco style wedding that truly reflected them as a couple and a family.

In keeping with their ‘green’ theme the couple arrived at the church on shire horses, which when they’re not glammed up for weddings are actually used to plough fields. “Our aim was to have as ‘green’ a wedding as possible. We wanted to have our reception at the place that had brought us together, Newhouse Farm” they told me. “Certain steps towards a green wedding were fairly straight-forward: we wanted to use only local, seasonal produce as well as British grown, seasonal flowers. Our venue, Newhouse Farm, is powered completely by solar power, a couple of wind turbines and a waterwheel, as well as using only water from our own natural spring. We even had a compost loo and a compost urinal for our guests to use! Green transport was also easy to achieve, after all what could be more romantic than using a pair of beautiful Shire horses to transport us to the reception. (Actually this was a bit of an extravagance as the church was only 100 metres from the venue… our guests simply walked!!)”

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Megan & Kevin’s Budget Conscious, Family Friendly, DIY Heavy Day

You might remember Megan from her Historic Firehouse Bridals that I featured a few weeks ago. I loved them so when her photographer Erica of Turner Creative Photography sent me the photographs of her and Kevin’s wedding, I couldn’t wait to share them on these pages. Even more so in fact when I found out their day was an all-out budget diy fest – one of my favourite types of weddings! I also knew that Megan hadn’t worn her actual wedding dress for her bridal shoot so I couldn’t wait to see what she’s chosen too.

The wedding took place at Highway Gardens at the Missouri State Fairgrounds and the Missouri Electric Co-op Building. Megan looks stunning in her Alfred Angelo(Sapphire collection style 805) which was their only big splurge. Everything else was a diy family effort.

A family friend made the cake and her aunt did all the flowers. The cake was actually quite ingenious as they used styrofoam for all the layers except the top layer which was actual cake. They didn’t need that much cake as their wedding was quite a small affair but the styrofoam layers (covered in icing) were used to add height and drama. Great idea!

The catering was also all done by family members and the bride and groom made over 400 cookies in hand-decorated bags for favours. A few other fabulous details included the ‘friend board’ – a collage of photographs of all the couple’s best friends. “We made a photo collage of all of our friends, because we were tired of how much of everything was focused on us. We figured people would be excited to see photos of themselves instead of us” they explained. The orders of service (also diy of course) were made into fans as the considerate couple knew it would be really hot at their outdoor ceremony.

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“Dirt Don’t Hurt” – Crazy Outfits, Silly String & All Out Neon Fun

This ccccrazy couple had a pretty mad wedding followed by an equally (in fact maybe more so) insane trash the dress style shoot. Alongside their photographers, Steph & Ryan wanted to show that the assumptions that some couple’s have about trash the dress aren’t necessarily true and trash the dress shoots don’t literally have to mean your dress is completely destroyed. However by not be afraid of getting the dress a little bit dirty, you really can end up with some totally unique images. I wanted to share a selection from both the couple’s wedding and photo shoot as I know both sets of photos bring a huge smile to your face! I love these two!

For their ‘dirt don’t hurt’ shoot the couple went all out will silly outfits, crazy wigs, silly string, creative make up and a whole lot of neon! There is no doubt in my mind that you are going to love these.

Be sure to watch the video after the ‘jump’ too!

Talking about their wedding, the couple explained “Our inspiration was basically to live up our day to the fullest by keeping a bit of our conservative background while adding in extra flare to show our personalities. We wanted to be creative but not so much to scare our Grandma’s away.”

“We knew that this wedding would be crazy considering our friends and family so we tried to incorporate their personalities into all of our choices for decoration/wardrobe. I think another thing to add is the chicken limo. Since it was meaningful to us (our first date) we wanted to have it pick us up at the church directly after the ceremony. Most of the attendees of the wedding knew about this part of our history, so it was a nice surprise and added quite a bit of uniqueness to our wedding.”

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Archery, Tractors & Tents – A British Summertime Wedding with a Twist

Architects Sybil & Jon planned an outdoors, Robin Hood style wedding – complete with campfire, archery and tents – at the bride’s parent’s house, for July 30th this year. Jon explained that they wanted the ‘feel’ of the wedding to be similar to the scene in the woods from the original film of Robin Hood.  They wanted everything to be relaxed and very informal and so had tractors as their transport, a folk band and a rustic, natural style of flowers. “Sibyl was very keen to use English flowers and wanted them to look like they had been picked from the garden.” their wedding planner, Kate told me. ” Anne Bell sourced the flowers from a walled garden in Hertfordshireand created beautiful colourful arrangements in jars on each of the tables along withbouquets for Sibyl and her bridesmaids.  The church was decorated witha stunning candle stick display and pew end arrangements tied with raffia.  As an added touch the couple also quickly decorated the tractor!”

Sybil wore a dress that had originally belonged to her Grandmother and that her Mother had actually worn for her wedding as well. It was a ‘day dress’ which was made from embroidered linen that she brought in Jamaica when she lived there in 1948. The bride’s mother then altered the dress into a top and skirt and wore it on her wedding day in 1973. The bride’s mother then altered the dress again with a slightly different mid-drift section for Sibyl to wear. Sybil teamed this very special gown with a Jenny Packham headpiece and sandals by Charlotte Olympia, in Lois leopard print. She also wore an antique watch which her Mother had given her as a gift as which had also belonged to her Grandmother.

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